MSc in Telecommunication Networks and Telematic Services

Purpose
The second flow of the postgraduate course program is entitled “Telecommunication Networks and E-services” and aims to cover specific educational needs related to the training of scientists, engineers and business executives in the field of modern telecommunications systems and networks.

Figure 1: The telecommunication ecosystem

Given the complexity of the modern telecom eco-system (Figure 1), the telecommunication   engineer must be able to cope with a series of related challenges. The rapid pace of developments at an international level as well as the introduction of novel concepts such as mobility is changing the requirements imposed on scientists and engineers working on the field, who should not only be trained not only on the basic principles of telecommunication networks but must also be specialized in cutting edge technological trends. In particular, a telecom professional must have a constantly updated view of the following topics:

a) Telecommunication technologies on which telecommunication networks are based since these may possess different characteristics.

b) Design and management techniques of modern telecommunication networks.

c) Designing and implementing telecom applications and e-services (telematics services) under different environments and frameworks.

d) Socioeconomic aspects of telecommunications.

The main objective of the second flow is to offer the prospective student the necessary technical know-how related to the four directions mentioned above, in order to facilitate his preparation and his integration in a competitive job market and more precisely in telecom companies, carriers and authorities.

The postgraduate program adopts an educational approach which seeks to provide an overview of state-of-the-art technologies while at the same time analyzing the tools for designing telecommunication applications.


Objectives
Based on the rationale explained in the previous section, the course program aims to provide the necessary state-of-the-art knowledge on the following subjects:

  • Telecommunication Technology. These include the modern wireless access systems such as WiMax and TLE, mobile communication networks such as UMTS, HSDPA and HSUPA, optical wireline communications (Fiber-to-the-Home – FTTH, etc) as well as satellite-based telecommunications.
  • Assessment of telecommunication technologiesThe traditional data networking technologies (TCP, UDP, IP, HTTP, etc) are evolving to become the corner stones of the Future Internet and are quickly penetrating in alternative settings such as mobile communications (mobile IP,  etc). The proper assessment and design of these technologies is therefore of paramount importance.
  • Design, development, operation and management of telecommunications networks. Depending on the field of application (home, access, corporate or core network), one should take into account the various parameters involved in network design, especially in view of the cooperation of heterogeneous networks.
  • Design and implementation of telecom services and applications. These applications are the means to provide a number of e-services such as e-health, e-government, e-culture, e-business, e-commerce, etc. These applications and services can be implemented not only over the world-wide-web (WWW) but also over mobile devices.
  • Socioeconomic aspects of telecommunications. These include issues related to privacy, the legislative and regulatory framework as well as the technoeconomic analysis and evaluation of networks.


The course program is mainly addressed to:

  • Graduates of higher and technical educational institutions in fields related to Informatics and/or Telecommunications, who desire to specialize in telecommunication systems and networks.
  • Graduates of higher and technical educational institutions of other similar technological fields, including computer engineering, telecom engineering, electronic engineering, physical and wish to specialize in the design and implementation of telecommunication services and applications.

Expected Benefits
The postgraduate students of this direction will receive state-of-the-art, as well as comprehensive know-how related to various cutting-edge technologies such as:

  • Designing and implementing telematic services (intelligent transportation systems, sensornets, e-health, e-business, etc).
  • Developing telecommunication applications over the world wide web (WWW).
  • Developing telecommunication applications over mobile frameworks.
  • Design and management of telecommunication networks.
  • Design and implementation of networking technologies (IPv6, TCP, UDP, Ethernet, etc).
  • Wireless networks and applications (wireless local area networks, 802.11x, etc).
  • Mobile networks (including GSM and 3G/4G systems).
  • Satellite networks and applications (DVB, DBS, etc).
  • Optical wireline networks (core and access networks, fiber-to-the-x).
  • Security and privacy in telecommunication networks.
  • Technoeconomic analysis and assessment of telecom networks and services.
  • Legislative and regulatory framework.

The above issues are concentrating the national and worldwide interest of telecom carriers, companies and institutions. They are also the target of many research endeavors over the globe.

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Figure 2: Course structure


Course structure

For the better treatment of the related subjects, an educational approach combining theory and practice is adopted. Among other things, emphasis is placed on the programming techniques involved in telecom service and application development. The role of simulation tools for modeling systems and networks is also emphasized in the design and assessment of networks and systems. A special place is reserved for e-applications such as intelligent transportation, telemedicine, sensor nets, electronic commerce, etc. Figure 2 shows the structure of the postgraduate program of the flow “Telecommunication Networks and E-services” related to the four pillars of telecommunications.

Regarding the technological pillar, it is reflected in the following courses:

  • PMS-5 – State-of-the Art Technologies for Wireless and mobile networks which deals with the analysis and design of traditional and modern wireless networks with emphasis placed in actual study cases and advanced subjects on operational principles, architecture and technologies involved in mobile networking.
  • PMS-14 – Optical Fiber Networks which deals with optical communication system technologies and focusing on applications in core and access networks (FTTH, FTTB, etc).
  • PMS-25 – Satellite Networks which deals with the study and efficient design of versatile the physical and network level for broadband connection over fixed or mobile stations.

Regarding the networking pillar, it is reflected in the following courses:

  • PMS-15 Network Design and Management which deals with the modern techniques for designing and managing the network while presenting specific case studies. Emphasis is placed on the management principles of data networks, the corresponding architectures and the operational and informational models.
  • PMS-12 - Embedded Systems which presents the basic architectures related to embedded and ubiquitous systems. Emphasis is placed in reprogrammable implementations and hardware description languages which attract increased business and research interest.
  • PMS-6 - Statistics and the Internet which aims to familiarize the audience with the basic statistical tools related to network evolution and performance assessment. 

Regarding the telecom applications pillar, it is reflected in the following courses:

  • PMS-2 - WWW Application Development which introduces the students to the technologies, tools and methodologies used for the development of applications on the web.
  • PMS-11 - Telematic Applications Programming the aim of which is to provide to the students the basic concepts and practical experience so they can design and develop mobile as well as intelligent transportation services. These two application areas comprise two of the most prominent examples of telematic applications in the market and research.
  • PMS-27 - Statistics and the Internet which aims to familiarize the audience with the basic statistical tools related to network evolution and performance assessment. 

Regarding the socioeconomic aspect pillar, it is reflected in the following courses:

  • PMS-3 Data and System Protection and Security which aims to the familiarization with the systems security culture, the training in basic protection techniques for sensitive data and critical infrastructures, the presentation of modern communication systems vulnerabilities and security protection mechanisms.
  • PMS-16 Technoceconomic Analysis of High Technology Systems and Markets which provides an overview of the techno-economic analysis, presenting the basic principles and stages, together with representative examples of application.
  • PMS-24 Advanced Telematics Applications. The objective of this course is to familiarize the students with advanced telematics applications focusing on e-business, e-government and e-health services.

The PMS-21: Seminars on Research Methodologies and on Applications of Informatics and Telematics, is compulsory for the students of this programme. The main objectives of these seminars are:

  • to explore research methodology issues and to provide students with an appreciation of industrial experiences as well as innovative research, and
  • to bring students in contact with leaders in their field of studies from industry and academia.


The Dissertation
During the third semester students will engage into project work leading to the writing up of a Master’s dissertation. A list of potential dissertation topics will be provided from which students will be able to select the one they are mostly interested in. Students may also be given the opportunity to suggest topics, which they may wish to specialise in after consultation with a member of academic staff. A member of academic staff, the main supervisor, as well as two other members will supervise the dissertation work. The dissertation subject, as well as the three members of the supervising committee, will be assigned by the appropriate graduate committee.
In the context of the MSc in Computational & Internet Technologies and Applications, dissertations are expected to involve the development of some application or service. The dissertation direction can be business or research related.
Students, in agreement with their supervisor, can present the dissertation report either in Greek or English including an extended abstract in one of the other two main languages.

Studies Program

Department of Informatics & Telematics - 2017